Writing Workshops Asheville April 2024
All interested participants are encouraged to apply now as applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
2024 Retreat Faculty:
About The Biltmore Estate
Lodging at The Biltmore
Set amid the 75 acres of formal and informal gardens and 8,000 acres of Blue Ridge Mountains, our Writing Workshop takes place at The Biltmore House in Asheville, NC, commissioned by George Vanderbilt in 1889. Known as America’s Largest Home®, the Biltmore offers a serene setting to step away from everyday distractions and immerse yourself in the art of writing.
*Each participant will have their own room. If you would like to bring your spouse/partner please let us know. Tuition will be discounted for your spouse/partner less the cost of the hotel room.
- Daily breakfast and four nights at the historic Biltmore Estate.
- Generative Writing Sessions led by Nancy Sharp and Diana Spechler
- Personalized guidance and coaching by Nancy Sharp and Diana Spechler
- Afternoon group activities including visits to The Biltmore House and Gardens, Downtown Asheville, and The Biltmore Winery.
- Opening night reception and dinner.
- Closing night happy hour reception and reading.
- A once in a lifetime experience.
- For Nancy's Life Letters Group: a Life Letter Keepsake Folder & Box: an enduring gift for you, your loved ones, and community.
- For Nancy's Life Letters Group: a video recording of you reading your Life Letter.
- Note: If you would like to bring your spouse/partner please let us know. Tuition will be discounted for your spouse/partner less the cost of the hotel room.
- Expanded FAQ at the bottom of this page.
2024 Schedule Overview
4:00 PM: Hotel check-in begins.
5:00 PM: Meet & greet happy hour followed by dinner.
Thursday - Saturday
8:00 AM: Breakfast
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM: Group meetings and writing.
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM: Lunch
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM: more group meetings and writing.
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Group activities such as visiting The Biltmore Estate, Downtown Asheville, and a reading of everyone's work on the final afternoon.
6:00 PM Dinner.
11:00 AM: Hotel check out.
Application & General FAQ
What is the application deadline?
Applications for our April 2024 Generative Writing Retreat at the Biltmore are now open and close on February 25th, 2024, but early applications are encouraged.
When will I know if I've been accepted to the workshop?
Our goal is to provide an intimate and memorable retreat so that participants can find meaning during and after the retreat. We will accept applicants on a rolling basis until the retreat is full and then begin waitlists. Writers are encouraged to apply early.
How much does it cost?
Tuition is $2,995 for participants who stay at The Village Hotel.
Are Payment Plans Available?
Yes. Accepted writers will have the option to pay their tuition in full or opt for a payment plan divided into equal monthly payments by selecting Shop Pay or Affirm (for U.S. & Canadian residents) at checkout.
What does tuition include?
-Generative Writing Retreat led by Nancy Sharp and Diana Spechler
-Personalized guidance and coaching by Nancy Sharp and Diana Spechler.
-Afternoon group activities including visits to The Biltmore House and Gardens, Downtown Asheville, and The Biltmore Winery.
-Opening night reception and dinner.
-Closing night happy hour reception and reading.
-For those in Nancy's cohort, a Life Letter Keepsake Folder & Box: an enduring gift for you, your loved ones, and community.
What is tuition payment schedule?
If your application is accepted, full tuition is due within 14 days of acceptance. You can pay your tuition in full or opt for a payment plan by selecting Affirm or Shop Pay at checkout.
Can I book extra nights to arrive a few days early or stay a few days after the workshop?
Yes, if you would like to add nights at the hotel before or after the workshop, inquire with us for rates and availability.
What is your refund policy for The Biltmore Retreat?
Given the intimate nature of our destination workshops and our own, non-refundable deposit schedule as organizers, our refund policy is as follows:
90+ days before your trip, tuition payment minus a $250 deposit is fully refundable.
60+ days before your trip: 50% of your tuition is refundable.
30+ days before your: 25% of your tuition is refundable.
Less than 30 days before your trip: no refunds can be offered.
Where is the hotel and workshop venue?
Set amid 75 acres of formal and informal gardens and 8,000 acres of Blue Ridge Mountains, the Biltmore House in historic Ashville, NC, was commissioned by George Vanderbilt in 1889 and is known as America’s Largest Home ®. Asheville Regional Airport is the nearest airport to the Biltmore. The address for the entrance to Biltmore Estate is 1 Lodge St, Asheville, NC 28803.
Can I bring my spouse/partner?
If you would like to bring your spouse/partner please let us know. Tuition will be discounted for your spouse/partner less the cost of the hotel room.
What will you do with my email?
We respect your privacy. We will only use your email to send you information about Writing Workshops. We won't sell or rent your email to other organizations.
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